Sunday, May 24, 2009

Ultimate Night Card???

Hey Night Owl, is this the ultimate night card?It looks like they put the card number on the MOON.

I am pretty sure Buice was part owner of Upper Deck back when they started. I vaguely remember seeing Upper Deck samples of Buice and other Angels at a card show in 1989. I assume this shot came from a promotional photo shoot before the initial Upper Deck release.

Buice pitched for 3 seasons. His best was easily his rookie year when he saved 17 games.
The design of 1989 Upper Deck holds up well even today. The same cannot be said for Buice's polyester uni or his crazy stache.

Friday, May 22, 2009

2 Oddball Junior Griffeys

Check out these two Ken Griffey Jr Cards:

The one on the left: Looks like a 1988 Topps Card. It's not! Its on white card stock and is perfectly cut. I thought it was a Broder card but most of them are borderless.

The one on he right: Looks like 1975 Topps. It's not! Junior would have been 6 years old. This card came out of Baseball Cards Magazine in 1991. I cut it out of its panel with a very sharp knife and a straight edge.

Left: Cleverly numbered to 793 as if it was in the actual set. Fun factoid includes pointy hands just like the original 1988's.

Right: Includes cartoon trivia with upside down answer. Too bad the answer is also right side up in the cartoon itself. And the answer appears again in the info below his name. Baseball Cards magazine's research department must have been weak. Never know Junior and Senior's first name was George.

Any info on the card on the left would be swell!

Update: Found this ebay listing. Seller has 7 available for $49.99 each. Anybody have any info on American Sports cards?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tito Fuentes (1971)

While my newsworthy early break of 2009 Topps Series brought in the readers, I can't resist blogging about Tito. Here is the 1971 installment of Fuentes on cardboard:

Still bunted AND still unhappy about it. His position is listed as INFIELD. Tito played 2B, SS and 3B in 1970 with at least 24 games at each position.

1. 1971 Topps has lame backs. No cartoon,a dark B%W photo, weak player info, and only 2 lines of stats. TWO LINES OF STATS. It almost makes me cry, but Tito would not like that.
2. Switch Hitter. Should have found that info in 1970 but the there was so much ststy goodness on that card. FYI - His 1967 card listed him as a right-handed batter only. Not sure when he started hitting from both sides.
3. I got nothing else for you.

1972 promises to be a step up for one reason, Double the Tito!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Tito Fuentes (1970)

Tito's 1967 line of.209/.266/.294 did not impress the Giants or Topps. Fuentes did not appear in a big league game in 1968, thus no card in 1969 either. He found his way back to the Giants in 1969. Here's his 1970 Topps card #42:
He's bunting but he's not that into it. Maybe it's payback on Topps for leaving him out in 1968. Also notice that he has moved from the middle of the infield to the HOT corner.

And now flip to the STATS-ON-THE-BACK:Here is the new info we now know:
1. Second last name: Peat?
2. Lettered in baseball, basketball, and Boxing. What high school has varsity boxing?
3. Anoher Hobby: Ping Pong. While not coaching little league, Tito plays table tennis. Multi-talented! Don't you think it's unfair that Athletes are so often gifted in multiple sports. Yes, Ping Pong is a sport.
4. Tito earned his roster spot back with some nice stats in Phoenix. He didn't play much so maybe he was actually injured.

1971 Topps comin' at you, NEXT!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

3 Packs-O-Series 2

... from my friendly neighborhood Target. Look for the green wrappers featuring Ron Howard.

Here's a sampling of contents of aforementioned 3 packs:

A trio new Metropolitans. Cora is hitting .333, K-Rod has a 411 ERA+ w/9 saves, and Putz is pitching way better than Heilmann. Nice springy photos of these guys in their new duds.

A Rookie.Porcello is 3-3 and pitching well. He's only 20 years old. This was the only RC logo-ed card in the three packs.

A bevy of fun photography.
Mauer always looks cool in that old-school Twins helmet. Ian Snell is signing for a few Dairy Queen fans. Hernandez looks fierce because of the close-up catcher shot. Frandsen is flying over the bag to avoid an incoming slider. Jason Bay looks positively Mannyrific next to that monstrosity of green. Cool pics Topps!

And Jim Palmer?
SP! It's my first one. Definitely my best card from the few '09 packs I've bought. I would like to have the Christy Mathewson from Series 1.

I got the usual ToppsTown, Turkey Red, and Combo cards too. More Tito SOON!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Tito Fuentes (1967)

More Tito so soon? Si!!!

Here is Tito's 1967 Topps card commemorating his first full season in the majors:
Fuentes finished third in the ROY voting behind Tommy Helms and Sonny Jackson in 1966.
Since lame catcher Bob Barton is not cluttering up the card, maybe we can find out some nuggets from the STATS-ON-THE-BACK:1. Born in 1944. That would make him 65, qualifying him for discount coffee everywhere!
2. Led the Giants in SB. Since Tito only had 6, it means San Fran was frightfully slow on the base paths. One might choose the term Boog-esque.
3. Kid friendly. He managed a little league team. The cartoon depicts Tito yelling at a scared child. Other cartoon pictures Tito holding a firearm. Topps cartoonists seem unfond of young Fuentes.
4. May have juiced in 1965. Over a 200% increase in HR from the previous year? Kidding!
5. Good Power ... for a man of his size? 5'11'' 175 9 HRs. Sounds about right.

Don't get your hopes up for 1968 and 1969 Topps cards. We'll catch up with Tito in the groovy 70's!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Tito Fuentes (1966)

At long last, I thought I would share some TITO!

I am now a true Tito Fuentes super-collector. I check ebay at least twice a week to see if any cool Tito paraphernalia is for sale. I got the RC quite a while back.
Tito is featured with catcher Bob Barton. Fuentes is still very young and isn't ready to show off the flair that later characterizes his cardboardian images.
Here's what we find out about the mysterious young Tito Fuentes from his STATS-ON-THE-BACK!
1. Middle-Infielder. SS-2B
2. Considerable Pop. 20 homers in Tacoma last year (1965).
3. Future Legend. It does say Rookie Star. 302 average last year? Ok, maybe decent prospect.

Come back for some '67 vintage Tito!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

While not blogging...

I have been doing a few other things.

1. Baseball Boss-ing. It's oddly addictive and it's free. I am the SE Durham Stat Backs in the Walter Alston Division if you want to challenge me. I'm willing to put my sub-500 record on the line against anyone. If you didn't know, the game is very baseball-card-centric.2. Planning for our Europe trip this summer. Passports, plane tickets, etc. London to Paris to Rome!!! Mt wife did most of the planning but I did have to pose for my passport photo.
3. Getting closer to my Master's degree in Middle School Math Education. I just started my very last class. I'll be done on June 18! Paper due today AND I have to finish reading a book by tomorrow.
4. Zistle-ing. I am working on uploading the collection. Lots of scanning the fronts and backs of cards. Not sure what my goal is but I am enjoying it in small doses.
5. Saw Star Trek. It was awesome!!! I hate all other Star Trek which gives me at least a little regular guy cred.

There you have it. All perfectly acceptable reasons to not blog. My mother was actually worried about me because of my lack of posts. All is well. Who knows, maybe I'll post again tomorrow!